Bike Touring Climbs of the Italian Dolomites - the Dolomites (Ladin: Dolomites; Italian: Dolomiti; German: Dolomiten) are a mountain range located in north-eastern Italy. It considered to be a part of Southern Limestone Alps and extends from the Adige River in the west to the Piave Valley (Pieve di Cadore) in the east. The area most people hear about and that is presented as the Italian Dolomites are located between; the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley (Val Sugana). The Italian Dolomites are located in the Veneto Region's, Belluno Province, and the Trentino-Alto Adige Region's, Trento Province (Trentino) and Bolzano Province (Alto Adige or Sud Tyrol).
WHERE ARE YOU RIDING IN THE DOLOMITES
Cycle trips in the Dolomites are centered around classic climbs up to the mountain passes. The valleys between the mountain groups are narrow so there are not alot of low traffic roads to use to link various passes. Luckly both the Trentino Alto Adige Region and Veneto Region have built and continue to build bike paths that run along the valley so that bikers can move safely between climbs. Mountain bikers in the Dolomites have the additonal option to use the ski lifts to reach a summit and start their descent.
WHEN TO BIKE TOUR THE CLIMBS OF THE DOLOMITES
The touring season for the Dolomites from April to November, depending on the snow conditions. Note that you can get snowed on even during the spring and summer months, this is one of the unique aspects of cycling in the Dolomites. June 15 to September 15 is the offical summer mountain season, if could be difficult to find hotels open or as many support services along your route. However, if you are riding with a support vehicle thsi months of May, June, and September are the the least crowded riding times. July and August are great options and you normally have the most stable wheather, but you will need to book well ahead for the more popular hotels. August is a very busy time in the Dolomites but if you know where to ride it is easy to escape the tourists.
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